Rivers and Public Open Spaces (inc Hout Bay Commonage)

This portfolio is run by Emil Gertz. To email Emil please use the contact page

The River and Public Open Spaces Portfolio aims to decrease the pollution and improve the sustainability of rivers and public open spaces in Hout Bay. Relevant authorities are continuously lobbied to improve the state of our rivers and open spaces, and site meetings are conducted at various areas of concern to mobilise action. Key focus areas include the Disa and Baviaanskloof rivers, and the Hout Bay commonage (below Darling St.). The Longkloof weir is now being cleared of alien vegetation to facilitate silt removal.



The proposal by the Government of the Western Cape for a large polyclinic on the Hout Bay commonage is inappropriate and does not fit in with the Plan for the commonage, and is of great concern as it will further erode the remaining Open Space and render the Commonage almost completely depleted – the commonage is the only sizable bit of usable Public Open Space remaining in Hout Bay. 

Len's lines

A message from the Chairman of the Hout Bay Residents’ & Ratepayers’ Association.

All is not what it seems in this Idyllic Valley

As I was considering what I would say in this last Hout and About for 2014, I came across this article which I felt I would like to share with you, as it synchronised with my thoughts - it appeared on the back page of The Good Weekend, Sunday Argus 30th November 2014 written by Tim Roston entitled, “The hike from Noordhoek to Chapman’s Peak provides a workout in nature”.